Missions, church, and church history – what’s the connection?

Updated: May 11, 2020

Is your local church involved in sending missionaries to the nations?

For more on this issue, see here:

“Why is Church History important to Missions?”

some local churches disappeared in history, and Islam conquered many churches and destroyed them, but the Church, the true believers continue in every generation and is spreading to all nations.

“For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles (the nations -Greek = ?? ???? )2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you;3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6 to be specific, that the Gentiles (the nations; ta ethna, ?? ???? = ethnic people groups, non-Jewish nations, pagan peoples and cultures outside of Israel) are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. 8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles (the nations) the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; 10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. Ephesians 3:1-10 (my emphasis)

Amazing! The Lord says through the apostle Paul that the preaching of the gospel to the nations will make known the manifold wisdom of God through the church

this seems to be saying that the manifold wisdom of God will be revealed to the angels and that it will rebuke the evil unseen powers in the heavenly places (Satanic powers and demons); if we see the understanding of “the rules and authorities in the heavenly places” in light of chapter 6, verses 10-18.

Then, after his prayer for the church to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit – Paul writes:

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the